January 25, 2010 : Jane Marczewski
He's passionate and driven, excited about life and looking forward to his future. Eric Reynolds, a junior member of Liberty’s Division I hockey team, tells his story with. Listen in on my interview with Reynolds as he shares about his love for “the best game in the world”.
Tell me about your position on the team.
I'll give you a little Hockey 101. There's a goalie, just like soccer. There are two defenders, left and right, and there are three forwards: left wing, center and right wing. There are six players on the ice for each team and I play right wing.
Have you always imagined yourself playing hockey through college?
I think most Canadian hockey players want to go to the NHL (National Hockey League). I just wanted to always have fun with hockey and play at a competitive level, so that's what I'm doing right now and I love it.
What is it about hockey that makes you love it?
It's the best game in the world, that's why! I have discovered at Liberty that people are amazed by hockey because it is difficult even to skate for some people let alone skate, take a hit, pass, shoot and score. It's a very high skill level.
What made you come to Liberty and play hockey instead of going somewhere else?
Liberty has a unique set-up. You can get excellent hockey in Canada. They also have excellent Christian education which you can get a few places. But the combination of good hockey and a Christian education is very rare.
What's up with the hockey team bleaching their hair?
I guess it's a Liberty tradition for team unity. You're easily recognizable and it's a bonding experience. It may be for intimidation, but mainly just for fun.
After Liberty, what are your plans with hockey?
The hockey world is very competitive. So if I do play hockey again someday, I would also have to have a job. I will probably keep playing hockey just for fun.